I’ve discovered the power of art and crafts as a way to relax and practice creativity. This creativity just doesn’t stay within the confines of the below projects, it’s also had a positive influence on the level of creativity I bring into my work.
Fall Dress Form Dress
Ever since I saw a display of dress form Christmas trees in Houston a few years ago, I’ve wanted a tabletop version. But the ones I could find were expensive and not exactly what I was looking for. So I decided to make my own. But then I thought, why not find a way to make the craft modular so I could use the same dress form for various outfits, seasons, and holidays? Below is my first dress experiment.
Ice Cream Shoes
While living in New Orleans, I saw a member of the Merry Antoinettes walking around in ice cream shoes and decided I wanted a pair of my own. But they were very expensive and making them sounded like an interesting challenge. I started with simple black wedge shoes and built from there.
Wild Turkey Feather Wreath
I asked a hunter friend of mine to bring me the wild turkey feathers after his hunt. From them, I made this wreath.
Mardi Gras Special Throws
Part of Mardi Gras tradition in New Orleans is for many of the krewes (the group you belong to that throws a parade or marches in one) to have a special “throw” that we hand out. For the Krewe of Cleopatra, it’s plastic wine glasses. For the Krewe of Muses, it’s shoes. One rule is that they must entirely be covered in glitter before being decorated.
To see more designs, visit my Mardi Gras album on Flickr.